Deciding whether to implement and strengthen a reproductive health program—or scale up a pilot-tested intervention—depends largely on evidence about whether the program is achieving its service-delivery objectives. This evidence can be generated through monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems that routinely monitor delivery of services and evaluate a program’s effectiveness in reaching its intended beneficiaries.
Population Council focus
The Council designs and implements M&E systems that generate data for:
- monitoring a range of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS service-delivery programs; and
- evaluating program effectiveness and impact through experimental research designs.
Population Council impact
- In Senegal, the Population Council designed and is implementing the M&E component for a large-scale maternal, newborn/child health and family planning project. A particular innovation has been the revision of the national health management information system, enabling it to record active management of the third stage of labor by community-level delivery attendants.
- In Ghana, the Council is assisting the National Malaria Control Program in establishing an M&E plan that harmonizes and links the various sources of data at all levels of the USAID-funded integrated malaria support project.
- In Pakistan, the Council supports the M&E strengthening component of the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN), a nationwide systems-strengthening program aimed at improving maternal and newborn health.
- In Vietnam, the Council’s partnership with the Thai Nguyen Provincial Health Service integrates many data sources into routine health management information systems to yield better-quality information for program planning.
Quality of Care and Client Willingness to Pay for Family Planning Services at Marie Stopes International Facilities in Burkina Faso (more)
The Council worked with Marie Stopes International to improve the family planning services MSI provides, and to propose strategies to ensure the sustainability of the program.
(11/2011 - 4/2012)
Increasing Access to Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services through Community Health Workers: Case Study of a Dual-cadre Model in India (more)
The Council conducted research on community health workers in India to examine how different cadres of health workers function in relation to one other in order to improve access to reproductive health and family planning services in rural areas.
(10/2010 - 9/2011)
Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) (more)
The Council is overseeing the management of the monitoring and evaluation component of the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) a five-year project designed to assist the Government of Pakistan in implementing the full spectrum of interventions necessary to address mother and newborn health.
(11/2004 - 9/2009)
Measuring and Evaluating the Integration of Family Planning and Other Reproductive Health Services Through Innovative Data Collection Instruments and Methodologies (more)
Researchers with the Council’s FRONTIERS program examined the challenges of scaling up projects using operations research.
(8/2007 - 3/2008)
Assessing Management Sciences for Health's Postabortion Care Decentralization Program (more)
Council researchers with the FRONTIERS program assessed the successful introduction of postabortion care in Senegal by the Ministry of Health.
(9/2006 - 1/2007)
Reviewing and interpreting bodies of evidence for preparing practice recommendations (PDF)
Presentation at the HIP Technical Advisory Group Meeting, UNFPA, New York, 6-7 June
Publication date: 2013
Assessment of management information system [MIS] of national program for family planning and primary health care [LHW Program] (PDF)
Mahmood,Arshad; Naz,Syeda Saman
Publication date: 2012
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Emergency Plan Progress (MEEPP): End-of-project evaluation (PDF)
Publication date: 2010
RAPIDS evaluation final report 2005-2009 key findings (PDF)
Apicella,Louis; Schenk,Katie D.; Khan,Hena
Publication date: 2010
Technical assistance to the Uganda AIDS Commission for operationallisation of the performance monitoring and management plan (PDF)
Makumbi,Frederick; Mayega,Roy; Kisitu,David; Sekandi,Juliet; Bwesigye,Denis A.; Miller,Robert; Kalibala,Sam
Publication date: 2009